Deck the Halls

Carol, Wales (UK).

In an era of festive holiday songs, “Deck the Halls” stands out as one of the most beloved and memorable carols.

This traditional Christmas song is believed to be of Welsh origin, written in the 1700s and first published in 1823 in Cambrian Monthly Magazine. It was probably based on the Welsh carol “Nos Galan”.

Since then, different versions have been composed by musicians who translated it from its original meaning set to music for five voices and piano accompaniment. With lyrics that reference joy, cheer and alcohol, it’s thought to have been written as a drinking song celebrating special occasions such as weddings or Christmas festivities. Whether you’re singing “Deck The Halls” at Christmas or humming along while decorating your home, its joyful message is sure to bring a smile to your face!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart used it in a piano and violin duet in the 1700’s.

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Welsh lyrics

O mor gynnes mynwes meinwen,
fal lal lal lal lal lal lal lal la:
O mor fwyn yw llwya meillionen,
fal lal lal lal lal lal lal lal la:
O mor felus yw’r cusanau,
[instrumental flourish]
Gyda serch a mwynion eiriau
fal lal lal lal lal lal lal lal la:

Lyrics (English)

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
‘Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Toll the ancient Yuletide carol,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing Yule before us,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Strike the harp and join the chorus.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Follow me in merry measure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
While I tell of Christmas treasure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Fast away the old year passes,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Sing we joyous, all together,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Heedless of the wind and weather,
Fa la la la la, la la la la

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Who wrote Deck the Halls?

The traditional Christmas carol “Deck the Halls” is believed to be of Welsh origin, written in the 1700s. It was first published in a magazine called Cambrian Monthly Magazine and songbook titled Welsh Melodies in 1823 by John Thomas who worked as an editor for the publication. The lyrics were later translated into English and set to music by musician John Stainer in 1880.

Deck the Halls History

It’s unknown who wrote the original Welsh words, but it is believed that they may have been composed by a harpist named Evan Evans who lived between 1731 and 1789. Over time, different versions of the song started to appear, with the English lyrics reflecting a slight change in the original meaning of the Welsh words. The now-famous melody was composed by John Stainer who arranged it for five voices and piano accompaniment.

Deck the Halls Meaning

“Deck the Halls” is believed to be an old drinking song, as many of its verses reference alcohol. It’s also thought to have been written in celebration of special occasions such as weddings or Christmas festivities. In its most basic form, “Deck the Halls” is about enjoying the holiday season and spreading good cheer among friends and family. The term “deck” means to adorn or decorate, which explains why this carol encourages us to deck our homes with holiday decorations in order to bring joy and happiness to all who come to visit.

The message of this song is a timeless one; it reminds us of the importance of celebrating our relationships, traditions, and festivities during the holidays. Whether you’re singing “Deck the Halls” at Christmas, or just humming along while decorating your home, its joyful lyrics will bring a smile to your face!

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Georgios Kallivokas

    Excellent!!!:) But why don’t you put the french on the mp3 and midi music too!

    Otherwise excellent! My children loved it!!!!!:)

  2. Singing Bell

    Thanks Georgios! We are not exactly sure to which french you are referring to, though!

  3. Barbara D'Aloisio

    Can I use this jingle for a video I will share on social media?

    1. Singing Bell

      Hi Barbara! We had missed your comment here, sorry. If it’s not for commercial reasons, you sure can. However, monetized YouTube videos are a different story, so write to [email protected] if you need a commercial license for that.

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